[at-l] Smoky back country fees

Ken Bennett bennett.ken at gmail.com
Thu Feb 16 09:34:22 CST 2012


Yes, AFAIK the 9 million includes people driving over Newfound Gap and not
stopping.

I have no qualms at all about paying a fee to use a backcountry campsite or
shelter as part of the reservation system. After all, front country
campgrounds already charge fees. Since the backcountry system costs money
to manage and maintain, a fee system to help cover those costs can be
justified by the same arguments that justify charging for a camp site in
Cades Cove.

I'm not sure about the idea of charging just to get into the park. Given
the park's history, that's not something I'd want to see.

--Ken
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